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... of Michelangelo, Galileo, Niccolo Medicci and Dante, as well as works by Donatello. On our way there, we walked through a little alleyway where school children were being let out for the day and families were there picking them up (no one was in a car; everyone walked or rode bikes). It was a very cute, Italian, everyday scene, and we enjoyed watching it unfold. All the parents picking up their kids had some kind of snack for them -- that must be some kind of tradition or regular ...
... the region from our tables. It was perfect! We had the opportunity to get to know people on the tour - a very nice friendly family from Philippines and a lovely couple from Pennsylvania! We had pasta, salad, biscotti & wines for lunch.. Great meal! My friend got the grilled veggies - the potatoes, home-grown organic, were so tasty!!!!! it is amazing what a difference it can make to the taste and quality when veggies are organic :) we learned that extra virgin olive oil is the oil ...
... how wrong I had been about the shopping - I was a block short the day before of where it all was! So, this girl shopped. And shopped. and shopped! Following the morning walking tour, I just kept walking! I returned to the Ponte Vecchio, window shopped the length and went back and purchased! Smart shopper that I am it turned out that it is better to purchase pairs. Yeah. True! Handbag x2. White gold earrings x2. Gloves x2. And so it went on. It got to 4pm and I figured that ...
... was massive and it was so delicious that I would have felt horrible not eating the whole thing J It had ricotta cheese and salami inside…YUM.
On Wednesday, I actually don’t remember what I did. Woops, the days seems to blend together a little because I do so much in one day and just can’t keep track! I probably just wandered around like usual and took all of Florence in before class. That night, we went out though and ended the night with BOTH gelato ...
... Booze: drank, red wine, prosceco, and grappa
M: We will go back to this place on Monday to taste more grappa and buy a couple of bottles. And there is an incredibly great picture of Brian in this :)
*Gelato: Tasted 9 types of Gelato!
M: I hate myself for only remembering to take picutes of the first sample cup with three flavors. The picture has pistachio, and chocolate gelato and a nut mousse. We also tried strawberry ...
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Great Hotel, location not as bad as it seems
This hotel was excellent for a great price. It was clean and the staff was helpful. Dont' count on any bikes being available because they were almost all broken, but the hotel is less than a mile from the city center and riding a bike seemed very difficult there. You are going to have to do lots of walking anyways, so another mile isn't very bad for the price.
Far far away
I was in Florence for 4 days. Hotel Jane was clean and small. The staff barley spoke English. But the worst was that we were a 30 minute walk to the centre of town. We ended up taking taxis back at night.
Great out of the way hotel!
I stayed at the Hotel Jane for 7 nights and was really impressed. Outside of the small rooms, it was wonderful. Very clean and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. I loved that it was out of the way of the touristy area. It was only a five minute bus ride to downtown, and a five minute walk to the river. I hope that the next time I am in Florence I am able to get a reservation.
Very good hotel, not so good location
Liked the hotel but quite far away. Booked the room through freehotelsearch.com - would NEVER do that again. They quoted a particular fare to us which was unbelievable but then they had sent a totally different fare to the hotel. Didn't argue with the hotel staff because what they were charging was reasonable. ADVISE NOT TO BOOK THROUGH freehotelsearch.com. Room was large in size. Breakfast was really good but no restaurant in the hotel - there are some nearby. Staff quite friendly. Neighbourhood very peaceful. But next time, would try to look for something closeby.
Good value for money
We had a nice stay in Hotel Jane, Via Orcagna 56-58 end of march 2004.The hotel is located in a quit street. Rooms are clean and in good condition. Sufficient (tv, electronic safety box) but plain vanilla. Sound isolation is poor. European breakfast is more than adequate.Nice walk to city centre (15-20 minutes) along the Arno or via a shopping street.Restaurant La Taverne, a few blocks from the hotel, is a good choice for a basic but tasty dinner. Mostly Italian clientele, housewine ok at 6 euros.
The Hotel Jane was a nice stay...nothing amazing...but not bad either. The best part was it was away from all the noise and drunk tourists you find in the city center. A family run place...which they are all very helpful. But not too far away that you can't walk to everything. City center is a leisurely 15 min walk. But at the end of the day we always ended up spending the 6-10 euros for a taxi back. Also leave earlier to go see the sites...the main dumping ground for tour buses is half way between this place and city center...along the river. Room wise, we lucked out, we got a triple room for the double room rate. So tons of space!!! Saw a regular room and the size is typical to Italian standards. It had ceiling fans, A/C, a decent heater, a nice safe, TV, a minibar (which wasn't too badly priced), a balcony, and more. If you need an iron its on the first floor...in the kitchen area. Everything was clean and decent...to Italian standards. I still don't like the smell of the laundry soap they use on the towels...but that applies to the entire country (2 or 5 star). Actually...honestly there isn't much difference between a 2 to 4 star...except price. The last remodel date is the best guide.Our room had one of those typical Italian showers...which is not that spacious...I'm six feet tall and have a big frame. But for the price...one can't argue...its the way things are here. And like other things, the rooms can get noisy. We heard a guy snore all night for two nights...but he was usually loud...it was faint in our room...walking to the third floor it was LOUD. Things you can't control.Breakfast is typical. The people at the desk speak very limited english...so breakout the phrase book. Parking can be tough...but there is lots of parking! The food in the area is good and not packed...like the other places. The best thing was the lack of noise...especially in the middle of the night...with those **** scooters! But the next time I am opting to stay out in the country side and drive in by car if I need to. For the same price as this place (which is cheaper than most) you can get an awesome room or even a villa out in the country side. Where the food is half the price, double the size, and three times the flavor. There is actually a few villas only a few km from city center that have bicycles you can ride in on. Also we got referred to this awesome private tour guide for the Tuscan country side named Carla. (347 9052447) She is from the region and has been doing tours for 10+ years and the top wineries just give her the keys to the place when she shows up. She has a nice new Ford Van and will give a private tour like no other.
Good Hotel, Not so Great Location
My wife and I just came home from a two week vacation in Italy. We stayed at Hotel Jane for 4 nights during our time in Florence, and we were satisfed with our stay. The hotel was the most inexpensive we stayed at during out trip (95 Eu/night) and was pretty much what we expected. The room decor is basic, not anything special. But the rooms were clean, which was a must for us. Also, the rooms were big and the bathroom was bigger than all others we stayed at. The air conditioning worked great. The room had a small balcony from which you could see the Duomo across town. The place was quiet and we got some of our best sleep there! The breakfast was good-decent, not anyting spectacular, but a good selection, including bread, cereal, coffee drinks, fruit, etc. Also the staff was very nice and very helpful. We stayed at this hotel to save some money. We knew it was off the beaten track, but decided we could do the walking for the savings. However, next time we go to Florence we will skip the savings and stay at a hotel that is closer to the tourist attractions. The walk to the Duomo is about 20 to 30 minutes and about 15 minutes to Santa Croche. After a long day of walking around Florence, the 20-30 minute walk back is no fun! One of the positives is that you are in a real Italian neighborhood with no tourists around. It is really safe to walk around the area at night.
There are grocery stores, and real good restraunts that are not over priced like the ones in the heavily touristed areas. A great budget hotel if you don't mind the walking!